Cardinals win battle of the birds 44-13
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” The Grand Valley Cardinals kept their running success alive behind their offensive line, getting five total rushing touchdowns in a 44-13 win over the Paonia Eagles on Friday.
“The line play was huge,” Cardinal coach Mike Johnson said after the game. “I think it took us part way through the first quarter to get warmed up. In the second we settled down and started executing. All the credit should go to the horses up front that got it done.”
The O-line gave William Waugh and Eric Glaze two rushing TDs apiece.
Waugh’s 13- and 1-yard scores came in the first half, and Glaze’s 9- and 13-yard scores were in the second.
Paonia’s fast defense put up more of a fight than the Manual Thunderbolts did last week; but Grand Valley still had a number of multi-play, sustained drives.
“They were blitzing us like crazy,” Johnson said. “We used the pass to make them loosen up some. They were really physical and their kids will pop you good. But, we knew that going in.”
The Cardinals had a 17-6 lead with less than a minute to go until the half. Still wanting more points on the board, they were able to strike on Waugh’s second TD to make it a 24-6 lead.
Opening the third quarter, the Cardinals ate up almost four minutes and moved the ball 73 yards for Glaze’s first TD to push the lead to 30-6.
“Those back-to-back scores helped us big time. We were able to open the game up from there on out,” Johnson said.
Up next for the Cardinals is their first away game of the season at Hayden.
“This is one of our bigger rivalry games. They’ve won two of the last four conference championships and we’ve won the other two,” Johnson said. “We better be ready to play again. We have to up the ante again and not be satisfied with whatever happened the game before.”
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